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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

Adult Basic Education Distance Learning- Instructional Hub
Fund Code: 669

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to establish and support distance learning instructional hubs in order to increase access to, and the intensity of, educational services for eligible adult learners, and strengthen their technology skills in preparation for college and careers.
Priorities: The priority is to support programs that:
  1. provide online instruction supported by face-to-face services at the Community Adult Learning Center to implement a blended model of distance learning; and,

  2. collaborate with and provide guidance to ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Centers in the delivery of services.

Eligibility: FY 18 is the final continuation year grant. All recipients awarded in the FY2013 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply.

Funding Type: Federal CFDA: 84.002A

Funding: See Table 1 - Funding Allocations.

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Fund Use: Funds must be used for ABE services that are designed in accordance with the Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs.
Match: A minimum of 20 percent fully auditable matching contribution is required. The availability of existing computer hardware, telecommunications networks, video technology, and elements of a successful distance learning program through a matching contribution is preferred; however, these costs are also allowable as expenses to be charged to the grant. Applicants must itemize their matching contribution on Schedule B and include a match narrative.
Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services
Project Duration: 9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018
Contact: Wyvonne Stevens-Carter
Phone Number: (781) 338-3835
Date Due: Applications for both federally and state-funded projects are due by Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:00PM.

Required Forms: These required forms must be submitted online through EdGrants.

For instructions, see Grid A on Submissions page.

Download Word Document
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants, including the amount requested).

Download Excel Document
FY18 New Budget Template (This is a budget template for the applicant to utilize while working through their final budget request in order to prepare for entering it into EdGrants. Please feel free to use this template when preparing for Application Submission. This Is Not the Budget. The actual final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.)

 
Budget Narrative to be prepared by the applicant.
See sample budget narrative Download Excel Document. Providers must submit budget and match narratives that detail proposed expenditures, including hourly rates and weekly personnel time commitments for proposed activities for the grant.

Download Word Document
Part III - Required Program Information
Download Word Document
Statement of Assurances - please note that two signatures are required
Download Excel Document
Schedule B - Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
 
Match Narrative to be prepared by the applicant


Additional Information:
Download Word Document
Letter from ABE State Director
Download Word Document
Executive Summary
Download Word Document
Submission of Proposals and Related Information
View HTML Page
Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs
 
The ACLS SMARTT program planning requirements and instructions can be found on the ACLS website. For assistance with completing the required SMARTT screens for FY 18 or for any assistance with SMARTT or Cognos technical assistance, go to SMARTThelp. On that page, near the upper right corner, click "Submit a Request" or search the help files there.

For a complete listing of SMARTT resources and trainings offered by the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) PD Center. For Using SMARTT and Cognos, visit SABES: SMARTT and Cognos.

Submission Instructions: Grantees must use the online grants information system; Paper submissions will no longer be accepted.

Submit all required grant materials through the EdGrants website.

In EdGrants, applicants are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

FY18 669 Adult Basic Education Distance Learning-Instructional Hub (Applicant Name)
      (no acronyms, please)

All required forms should be uploaded in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with CEO/Superintendent/Executive Director signature.

For detailed instructions, please see review the EdGrants Front Office User Guide: How to Apply.

Please note: The program must determine who to add as users of EdGrants in order to submit grant application as well as for payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your EdGrants level users.



Last Updated: May 18, 2017
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